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Jayda Pugliese, the principal of St. Mary Interparochial School in Philadelphia, assists a student. The first-year principal of the K-8 school teaches in each grade level for one period a week to show support for her teachers.
—Photos by Sarah Bones for Education Week

What Principals Can Do to Keep Good Teachers in Their Schools

Tap them to lead professional development. Teach their class once a week. Work out with them. Principals' creative strategies to hold onto talent. (October 16, 2018)

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Spotlight on Professional Learning

Across the country, educators are working to improve their practice through professional learning. In this Spotlight, discover how schools are helping teachers learn new technologies, how educators are crafting personalized plans for improving instruction, and how to balance autonomy and collaboration to spur meaningful professional development.

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Teacher Evaluation: An Issue Overview

Teaching Now Blog

12/03 02:15 pm | Enrollment in Teacher-Preparation Programs Is Declining Fast. Here's What the Data Show | Nearly every state in the nation has experienced enrollment declines, with some states seeing steep declines of more than 50 percent.

Special Reports

Smart Strategies for Teacher Professional Development
In this special report, Education Week explores some of those efforts, including the rise of microcredentials, math training for preschool teachers, and programs aimed at supporting instructional coaches.

Making Teacher Recertification Meaningful
This special report takes a hard look at recertification, posing questions about how it could be strengthened to support teachers better.

Getting & Keeping Good Teachers
For many school districts, teacher shortages are a recurring challenge. What are those districts doing differently to attract—and keep—the teachers they need?

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Professional Development

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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Professional Development?
How does ESSA define professional development, what conditions encourage effective teacher training, and how are districts supporting professional development for early-childhood educators?

Leaders to Learn From

Chris Coffelt: Recognized for Leadership in Developing Teachers
Superintendent Chris Coffelt works tirelessly to recruit, retain, and improve the practice of teachers who might otherwise be drawn to bigger cities and bigger salaries outside his small Iowa school district. He is recognized as a 2017 Leader To Learn From.

Rachel Rodriguez: Recognized for Leadership in Instructional Improvement
Rachel Rodriguez of the Gallup, N.M., school district works to make sure that every teacher receives regular coaching and real-time support. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.

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Teacher-evaluation and tenure-reform laws have great potential, but transformative change takes time, says Scott Laband.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
As SEL gains traction in schools, teacher-preparation programs and states' certification requirements need to catch up, advocates say.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Elimination of $2.3 billion in Title II grants to districts under the Trump administration's proposed budget could hamper ESSA implementation, program supporters say.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
When it comes to teacher certification, the label "highly qualified" doesn’t mean much, argues University of Oklahoma’s Lawrence Baines.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
In a National Academies report on the state of education for ELLs, one theme is consistent: public schools need more resources and research.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
For many principals and other school leaders, learning how to handle some of the toughest issues in schools happens only after they are on the job.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
Calls to modernize how prospective principals are selected and trained are being heeded in some states and universities.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
Professional accountability in education merits more attention, write Mathematica’s Brian Gill and Harvard Kennedy School’s Jennifer Lerner.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
As the economy improves, administrators are turning to billboards, Twitter, and college job fairs to keep classrooms staffed.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
As it revises its certification process, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards says it's seeing an uptick in applicants.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week

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